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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Mar 20, 2020 9:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: First Concert ?

Mine was
Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem at Carnegie Hall

How about you?

Old joke
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

Practice, practice, practice











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Poster: billydlions Date: Mar 21, 2020 5:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

I think we've done this question before but since we're all sitting around bored we need some entertainment. if heat and humidity kill this virus we're in great shape here in So FL.

Anyway, The Scorpions at the Meadowlands. Next to the Dead, you cant beat metal in the 80's!

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Poster: user unknown Date: Mar 21, 2020 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

The greatest (Jewish) girl group in rock history:
The Shangrilas


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Poster: gmcgill Date: Mar 21, 2020 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

Grateful Dead, 12-26-1969, Dallas, Tx, SMU McFarlin Auditorium.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Mar 20, 2020 11:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

ELO when they had the giant clamshell/spaceship schtick going on. Lots of lasers and smoke. Mid 70's.

My buddy's Mom was along for the ride...we were like 14 0r 15. Guys in front of us were smoking weed...I wanted some but that is why Mom was along. The cloud of smoke that filled the upper tiers of the Oakland coliseum was stunning.

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Poster: Edsel Date: Mar 21, 2020 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

Being too young to attend, I had to sneak in, and stay in the shadows for the first several shows, which were actually college dances.
Beginning with Ike and Tina in 1963 or 1964. The Fabulous Flippers came a couple of times, The Continentals, other bands, some known, some not.
After graduating HS the first show I bought a ticket for was in the summer of '65. Paul Revere and The Raiders followed by Peter, Paul, and Mary in the fall. Then came The Thingies that winter with the first strobe light I'd ever seen. Needless to say, they became a favorite.


http://www.cicadelic.com/thingies.htm

https://www.last.fm/music/THE+FABULOUS+FLIPPERS/+wiki

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Mar 21, 2020 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

The Grateful Dead at the Shrine 10/14/76

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 21, 2020 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

September 12th, 1976
Loggins and Messina
Sahara Tahoe, Stateline, NV

I was under ten years old at the time. My family was visiting California and popped over the border for this show. I have two memories: they played "House on Pooh Corner" and the $15 burger incident. The casino made each patron order a dinner and the cheapest item on the menu was the said $15 hamburger. My father complained high and low (who would have thought that Sahara Casino wouldn't have a kid's menu in '76)- but in the end the burger was ordered. I don't remember eating it.

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Poster: Pig Street ! Date: Mar 22, 2020 3:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

Kiss debut tour NYC 1973-6-01, the drummer blew up and Gene spitting blood on the folks in the first few rows, my ears are still ringing

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Mar 22, 2020 4:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

speaking of ear ringing...I recall many times (I went to see every and anybody) waking up the next morning and there was a siren going off in my head. Not sure how I avoided serious ear damage. I now have very slight tinnitus, but my audiologist says I still have 30% above normal hearing. Only 2 or 3 GD shows rattled my ear drums (Reno in '82 I felt something POP - could have been my brain). But in the final days I used earplugs for drums and space. I recreationally play music, and it can get quite loud at times (that's why I stick with a 35watt Fender tweed super so I can't get too loud).

Just added today: https://archive.org/details/gd1982-03-13.149032.fob.nak700.severson.miller.clugston.flac1648/gd82-03-13+s1t08+Minglewood.flac

This was a loud LOUD GD show!! This post was modified by ColdRain108 on 2020-03-22 23:49:40

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Poster: Edsel Date: Mar 23, 2020 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

Speaking of ear ringing......saw Blue Cheer at this little place called Western Front in Sept. of '67. They were fully amped, stacked, and the drums nailed to the floor. It was the most god-awful din I'd/I've ever heard, until I laid flat on the floor, and suddenly it became an acceptable level of sound. Up until that point it was all one note/one chord/one beat.

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Poster: wlg3 Date: Mar 21, 2020 8:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

David Cassidy, Roanoke Civic Center, 1972
My dad took me and my sister; I was 8. My next visit to that arena was for the July '87 Dead shows.

My first "real" concert was Styx at the Hampton Coliseum in November '78. They rocked the house almost as much as The Warlocks did 11 years later.

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Mar 21, 2020 6:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

I love all the posts and the shows. I hoped there would be a lot of different bands, places, times and they are.
I followed some leads and it was fun truckin along.

I watched the roadies put together the spaceship
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXReQZ55fVc

Monkees and Jimi is stuff of legends
Singer Theater ? Worlds Fair sphere near there?
I saw some clips from there with Jimi and Joe Cocker
and with the Fillmore show just posted I was listening to TDIH 70 from the Capitol today
Jerry: Take it easy out there you unruly freaks

saw some of this too Monsters of Rock 88
Scorpions Live at Giants Stadium 1988 - FULL SHOW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQeg3mY59LM

saw the twin Queens leading the pack, such nice girls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&;v=Q8UKf65NOzM&feature=emb_logo
Hugh O'Brian on the bike?
reminded me of Newton HS

read about the Evil Hungry Thingies
rode the coach
Phil Weaver grandskid comments two

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALZhFrTzQI0

heard a bird of spring, Christopher Robin
doesn't begin to sing until 1:20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&;v=NXvQz3F16Fk&feature=emb_logo

and I thought about the boys from 69 to 76 and all that went down in between
As Casey said amazing amazing amazing

I hope more folks chime in







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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 24, 2020 10:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

Ty for the link. I haven't listened to "House on Pooh Corner" in decades.

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Mar 24, 2020 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

looks like a broken link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXvQz3F16Fk

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Mar 29, 2020 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

Yes. Springfield civic center 1984

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Mar 23, 2020 6:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

Always late to the party. I can remember the first four, then a little hazy on what order they came in.

1. The Byrds - with Clarence White. August 9, 1969 Charleston Civic Center, Charleston WV.
2. Melanie - Feb. 19, 1972 - Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ
3. Doctor John - The Night Tripper & NRPS - April 1972 Capital Theater NJ
4. Summer Jam - Watkins Glen NY.

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Poster: Nomed70 Date: Mar 24, 2020 5:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

I've asked this in other postings but I'll do it again.
Do you have any crowd photos of the Watkins Glen concert?
Not the bands, the crowd.
Many long gone friends were there but no one had a camera.
If you do have them please post them somewhere.

I was the guy with long brown hair. I think I was wearing a flannel shirt.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Mar 24, 2020 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

Man, I'm sorry, but it appears I was like the other half a million people without a camera. But I had wine and weed. I was the guy in the blue Volkswagen. Remember me?

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Mar 24, 2020 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

I was the guy with long brown hair. I think I was wearing a flannel shirt. Ha ha

Here are some home movies of the crowd. Might see someone you know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqlADKgCS_Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGxFSYwQFS8 I do remember how Lennon's comments about the Beatles being bigger than Jesus Christ pissed everyone off.


This post was modified by Vermoontains on 2020-03-24 17:49:57

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Poster: Jeff Kaplan Date: Mar 21, 2020 3:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

in hindsight my first three were ridiculous:
1. The Monkees with Jimi Hendrix opening - Forest Hills, NY 1967
2. Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Love - Fillmore East 1970
3. Iron Butterfly, Chicago - NJ Civic 1970

after that it's all a blur. This post was modified by Jeff Kaplan on 2020-03-21 10:29:21

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Poster: Reade Date: Mar 23, 2020 11:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

I only learned just yesterday that Hendrix opened for the Monkees! Apparently my cousins caught them in Buffalo at the now gone Aud.

Pretty funny. From one of the Monkees:
"[The parents] were probably not too crazy about having to sit through a Monkees concert," said Dolenz, "much less see this black guy in a psychedelic Day-Glo blouse, playing music from hell, holding his guitar like he was fucking it, then lighting it on fire ..."

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/jimi-hendrix-joins-monkees-tour/

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Poster: Nomed70 Date: Mar 23, 2020 4:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

It was either Peter Paul and Mary or Ravi Shankar around 64 or 65. The first rockish show was Incredible String band later.
But if this is a Dead attendance contest, I can't remember.

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Poster: Quincy Date: Mar 23, 2020 11:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

Rush and the Good Rats
4/6/79 Nassau Coliseum

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 23, 2020 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Hey! I win...

...well, only if the boys count for bragging rights:

Oct, 1974
Mar, 1975
Jun, 1975
Sep, 1975

I have to admit, after those four DEAD shows, I saw Starship in Dec, 1975; I am unsure if they did the WORST song of all time...but I was there.

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Poster: Edsel Date: Mar 23, 2020 9:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey! I ain't dead yet...

Dead shows:
Sept. 1967
Oct. 1967 (2)
Nov. 1967
Feb, 1969
I know there are a couple of other old guys around here with older shows.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 24, 2020 7:10am
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V nice; actually, though, my point wasn't that they were longer ago, it was that they are the only concerts I went to...ie, the DEAD were my first, second, etc...my fifth was someone else.

I was just bragging on my pathetic consistency...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 23, 2020 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey! I win...

Oh my gosh--talk about getting old...we built this city was released 10 yrs later?!!

I shouldn't be critiquing anyone, eh?!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Mar 24, 2020 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey! I win...

Hey Tell, i guess that whole social distancing decree doesn't count here on the GD forum, you're everywhere ;-)

But Jeff. Starship was i think my 3rd concert, Mobile AL 1980 or 1981, can't recall without looking at my notes, but one of those two years. The first concert, pathetic in retrospect, but i assure you i had no idea who the artists were, although i had heard of them, i just went along with a group of older boys: Kenny Loggins with Firefall, 1979, Norfolk VA. 2nd concert was def. more respectable: Maynard Ferguson.

Cheers This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2020-03-24 14:23:25

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Poster: billydlions Date: Mar 24, 2020 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey! I win...

Hey Arb. I mentioned the Scorpions as my first concert but come to think of it I’m pretty sure I saw MF when I was a youngster so I amend my answer. He was amazing.

W Tell is taking a break to figure out how many more years he has to work now.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 24, 2020 12:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey! I win...

Don't even joke about it; I am going to half time if it kills me...er, if it's the last thing I do...er, "we'll see sez Mrs Tell."

Hang in there BD! Maybe I swing by for some humidity if I get furloughed for good...

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Poster: billydlions Date: Mar 24, 2020 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey! I win...

I'm just not convinced we've seen the worst yet. Today was a lot of short covering but we will test these lows again and you cant rule out the worst case which I don't want to even think about...Thomas Friedman wrote a great article on this in Sunday's NYT- find it if you haven't read it.

I love your first 5 shows! What a sweet spot to see the band live. These '76 shows just released is a real snoozer for me.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 24, 2020 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey! I win...

It's always good to see you, Arb...I daresay a comfort in these times.

Hope you are well; we continue to count on our 120 F to finally do us some good around here...SDH's planning to fill the moat w paper money once the oil evaporates since we figure our economy might look like Germany, 1920s any day now.

I kid, I kid!!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Mar 24, 2020 11:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey! I win...

Thanks Tell, always cheered to read and see your words!

Things here, Czechia, are not so bad, and the gov't put restrictions in place early on, closed schools, then eventually all but essential businesses; so yeah, i'm cooped up here in my flat working online, but it ain't no holiday that's for sure, i can't wait for life to return to normalcy, or at least my version of normal.

And at least i don't have to worry about spiralling into debt due to medical bills; the US has its priorities ass backward.

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Poster: Reade Date: Mar 25, 2020 9:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey! I win...

"Someone's always playing corporation games....."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1b8AhIsSYQ

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Poster: WillCo Date: Mar 25, 2020 4:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Concert ?

"Pop Concert": Hawkwind at Marlborough College,England, maybe late '71.

I was sent to boarding school aged 7-18 and I remember from about 1970 on they booked one "pop concert" per year for us. Somehow Hawkwind were engaged for the purpose. They were unknown to anyone, their "Silver Machine" hit hadn't been released by then, but when it reached number one we were thrilled.

The show was very -er- different. Very loud, amazing lights but the general view was that a few tunes would have gone down well. And before you ask, if Stacia had been dancing at the front with her top off my 14 year-old self would have remembered it, so if she was present I think she must have been modestly-dressed.

The next year it was to be Medicine Head - also purveyors of a single "hit".